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Shocking Facts About Nyepi in Bali

March 18, 2020

Ogoh-ogoh Photo source: Mariamichelle

Well known as Hinduism’s new year, the celebration of Nyepi in Bali is unique. Unlike other New Year’s celebrations which are mostly festive and Majestic, it is celebrated in silence and mostly in March every year. Heading up to the Nyepi day, Balinese people will hold the biggest purification ritual named Melasti Ceremony

Nyepi comes from the word ‘sepi’ which means silent. The purpose of the Nyepi celebration is self-purification and universe-purification. That’s why during the Nyepi day in Bali, people are staying at home, doing self-reflection, praying, contemplating and fasting. There are also some rules that must be followed by all people in Bali. 

The day is really quiet, and you will literally hear the sound of wind and animal like dogs, birds, roosters, etc. Nyepi becomes a public holiday in Indonesia and it is the quietest day of the year in Bali. In this article, we have summarized some unique facts about Nyepi in Bali:

reducing emission of carbon dioxide Photo source: Freepik

1. The Emission of Carbon Dioxide is reduced on Nyepi Day

The most surprising fact about Nyepi is it reducing approximately 20.000 tons of Carbon Dioxide. Due to the rule of Nyepi that forbid people from outside which is known as Amati Lelungan. The local securities called Pecalang will patrol all day long to make sure no one is going out.

People are also forbidden to work which is known as Amati Karya. The rules are valid for 24 hours, starts from 6.00 AM in the morning until 6.00 AM in the following day. That’s why no vehicle’s activities all day long on the road like bicycles, motorbikes, cars, planes, etc. By reducing the carbon dioxide it saves the planet from global warming.

Nyepi saves 60% of electricity Photo source: Venu Gopal

2. Bali saves 60% of electricity

Another rule of Nyepi Day is Amati Geni which means no light and fires. No one is allowed to turn on their lamps and stoves. Therefore, Bali saves equal to 290 megawatts and worth approximately 4 billion Rupiah.

People usually stop cooking and doing other activities at 6 a.m and back to their activities the following day at 6 a.m. Another unique fact about Nyepi that may shock you is there will be no TV/radio broadcast and no internet connection all day long. There is no entertainment in any form.

Nyepi saves fuel in Bali Photo source: Artem Beliaikin

3. Nyepi in Bali help to save fuel in Bali

Nyepi saves fuel up to 500.000 liters of diesel which is equivalent to IDR 3 billion. This has happened because the power plants in Pemaron and Gilimanuk are closed.

Nyepi inspires the world silent day Photo source: Unsplash

4. Inspire The World Silent Day that set by the United Nations

World Silent Day was initiated by Triple-C, Collaboration for Climate Changes and officially set by the United Nations on March 21th. World Silent Day aims to decrease all human activities that bring bad impacts to the earth such as global warming or climate change. The World Silent Day was inspired by Nyepi day.

Omed-omedan festival Photo source: Liputan6

5. Omed-omedan festival after the Nyepi in Bali

Omed-omedan is a ritual of hugging and tugging each other between two groups of unmarried young women and men. This ritual is held every year on the first day after Nyepi since the 17th century. Omed-omedan comes from the word ‘omed’ which means ‘tugging’.

The Omed-omedan festival starts by praying together, and then there will be a Barong Bangkung performance. After that, the youths are separated into two groups, women and men and lined up in the opposite place. All of the participants in every group are alternately chosen. The two groups then clash with each other and the two young people that are chosen then hug each other. When both of them already hug each other, each group will pull the youths apart that make the two young people might kiss each other. Then these youths will be doused with water during the Omed-omedan ritual to release both of them.

The purpose of this ritual is to maintain good relationships with society and chase bad luck away, but unfortunately this ritual is misunderstood as a mass kissing ritual.

Starry sky in the Nyepi Evening Photo source: Felix Mittermeier

6. The sky is full of stars in the evening of Nyepi in Bali

As there is no pollution at all and the closure of the power plants during the Nyepi day caused the sky to be really clean. Hence, in the evening of Nyepi day, the sky is full of stars which make it look stunning and rare to be seen on daily basis. If this is your first time experiencing Nyepi, here are our tips to experience Balinese New Year.

Fresh air before Nyepi day Photo source: Timur Romanov

7. Bali’s Freshest air in the next morning

As there is no pollution and human activities for 24 hours, it’s more like giving the earth to break for a while. Then, of course, you will feel the freshest air in the morning after the Nyepi day.

As well as its purpose to purify the universe, the Nyepi day has a huge contribution to saving the environment in this modern era, especially in Bali. Due to its uniqueness, instead of being avoided, many tourists want to come to Bali and experience the Nyepi day. If you have the same interest to experience the Nyepi day in Bali, you can stay at Villa Griya Aditi.

You will feel closer to nature as Villa Griya Aditi is located in Ubud, which is known for its stunning nature views. Villa Griya Aditi by Ubud Villas Rental is the most comfortable place to experience the quietest day in Bali as we have green views and a cozy yard to watch the starry sky in the night. It’s our team’s pleasure to set your memorable holiday during the Nyepi day.

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Why not have a holiday on Nyepi Day in Bali?